Final Call for Torment….

As I write this, there are less than two days remaining to the Torment Kickstarter I mentioned a couple weeks back on the blog

I hope you’ll forgive me for bringing it up again, but I’m a little excited about the project. Plus the clock is ticking, and a few things have happened since my original post.

Actually, a LOT of things have happened, but I’ll just hit the high points here…


1. Support

First I want to thank everyone that stormed over to the Torment Kickstarter and signed up. The folks running the show tell me that the day I announced my involvement and posted up my blog was the second biggest day of the kickstarter so far.

I can’t thank you enough for that. It’s not often I get to look cool, but you guys made me look cool.

Also, your comments in that blog were delightfully supportive and encouraging. A few were kind enough to make me weepy.

So… yeah. Thanks for being lovely humans. And double thanks for proving that the internet is peopled with something *other* than wankers, whiners, and people that type “first.”

2. The Stretch Goal

The kickstarter has flown past 3.25 million, which means I’m officially going to be helping write a piece of the game.


3. Character

After I was officially part of the team, I started to think about what I was going to write. And my thoughts kept coming back to what I really liked about some of those older games. Specifically, the companions your character travels with as you move through the story.

How cool would it be, I thought, to write the dialogue and story arc for one of these secondary characters?

So I called Colin and asked him how he’d feel about me writing a companion.

He asked me if I had any ideas for a character.

I told him I did. I explained the character.

He said it was weird. Not the sort of character that normally gets written into games.

But he also said I could do it.

So now I’m excited. I get to write a companion for the game.

I can’t tell you anything about her except that it will almost certainly be a she.

And she’s not going to be the usual sort of thing, because this isn’t going to be your usual sort of game.

4. Extras

They’ve added some new stuff to the Kickstarter since my last post. You can be a Beta or an Alpha tester now. (So if you’ve ever wanted to be a beta reader of mine, now’s your chance.)

I’ll also be doing a comic for the game, because comics are another form I’m looking to experiment with a little more, and it gives me a chance to work with Nate Taylor again. I’ll be using that story to introduce my character, and flesh out my little corner of the world. Plus writing comics is easier for me, as the artist has to do most of the heavy lifting.

If you’re interesting in adding stuff like being an alpha tester and/or getting some of the comics being written for the game by me and other folks, you can increase your bid over on Kickstarter.

5. The Final Days

As I mentioned before, the kickstarter is about a day and a half from being over. Right now we stand at about 3.6 million, making us the second-highest game ever funded on Kickstarter.


If we can hit 3.99 before it ends, we’ll be *the* highest funded game ever. I’m thinking we can do it if we can just get the word out to enough people…

So if you’re interested in getting in early, now would be a great time to jump on board. Supporting the game now is much better than doing it later, because if you buy in now, that money goes toward making a better game. Plus it’s cheaper to buy now. Plus you get the chance of cool extras and add-ons that won’t be available after the kickstarter closes.

Yeah. There you go. That’s my final pimping of the Kickstarter.

Here’s the link,

And I’m done.


This entry was posted in calling on the legions, cool things, Nathan Taylor, video games. By Pat67 Responses


  1. Jiyuu
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 5:54 AM | Permalink

    Man, oh man, oh man…This game looks superbly beautiful. And now I wish I hadn’t bought all those books last week because I don’t have any more money left over to take part in this Kickstarter…unless I want to eat instant ramen for the rest of the month (note: I live in Malaysia USD25 is worth a lot more here).

    Whoa, wait. This game is making me regret buying BOOKS? Well, this is a first.

    • fitzG
      Posted April 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM | Permalink

      Now, I can’t help notice that your comment ended in the word “first.”

      • Jiyuu
        Posted April 4, 2013 at 9:20 PM | Permalink

        Amusing coincidence.

  2. maine character
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 6:02 AM | Permalink

    I get such a kick out of seeing these posts. Adam Heine’s a friend of mine, and I can’t imagine two cooler guys on board for this.

  3. SunTzu
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 6:13 AM | Permalink

    I was psyched about this *before* you came on board, now it’s unbearable. I’m praying they reach the stronghold stretch goal!

  4. Zolt
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 6:13 AM | Permalink

    “He said it was weird. Not the sort of character that normally gets written into games.”

    I can’t begin to explain how much these 2 sentences fill me with anticipation.

    • Posted April 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM | Permalink

      I know, I was mostly amped for the Comic since I have a ton of games I hardly play already, but now….I’m really curious and that alone is enough to make me play the game all the way through at least once! LOL.

  5. Rahl
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 6:18 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    Never played the original but because of you and all the enthusiastic comments from people saying how great the story was in the original i just had to contribute. Here’s hoping that the game lives upto the hype!

    Couple of questions if you don’t mind…

    1. How do we get our grubby mitts on the Comic if it wasnt on our pledge level?

    2. Probably not one for you so feel free to say “go ask on their forums dood!” Do you happen know if the running total on the KS page includes the Paypal donations on their website or if the total includes the percentage that KS will take from them?

    PS. Happy to hear that the writing is going great, sometimes we need a distraction from our work so that we can get back on the horse fully charged ready to kick ass and take names.

    • taurussieben
      Posted April 4, 2013 at 6:37 AM | Permalink

      Hi Rahl,
      I hope you don’t mind me answering your first question: Under you can find all add-ons, how to add on you don’t have in your tier and how things will be handled.

      Oh and the running meter on the KS shouldn’t include the PayPal amount as far as I know, you can check the blog for news on that amount as well.


    • Jonathan
      Posted April 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM | Permalink

      1. The comic, at the moment, is an add-on only item. Basically, it doesn’t come with ANY of the tiers right now, so the only way to get it is to add on the $8 for the comic, or the $14 for the comic pack with all 3 bonus comics.
      2. The running total on the kickstarter page is the total amount of money donated through kickstarter, not the actual amount that they will get once amazon and kickstarter take their shares. However, their stretch goals DO take into account the paypal donations, which is why some stretch goals are being met seemingly before the kickstarter catches up to them.

      • Rahl
        Posted April 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

        Guys thanks for all of the info, it all makes sense now! 8)

  6. kevsyers
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 6:35 AM | Permalink

    I know you probably hear this a lot but I (a complete stranger) am truly happy for you. As much as I want the third book I am overjoyed that other people get to experience your character/world building that otherwise might not get to. You seem like a truly legit person and I couldn’t think of another celebrity(?) that deserves this more. You’re more than gracious to your sometimes aggravating fan base and I think I speak for us all when I say “Thanks Pat!”

    As a side note: I was thinking just last night how stoked I’m going to be when I get to give my copy of Name of the Wind to my son. He’s only three but he’s already a nerd like his dad. He’ll love it.

  7. esmale
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 6:37 AM | Permalink

    I’m a big fan of the kind of game that Torment will be, though I never encountered Planescape: Torment during my gameplaying. I’ve also never contributed to a Kickstarter campaign. Until now.

    While what has been displayed so far regarding the game is indeed quite beautiful, and I’m really looking forward to playing it once it’s done, the primary motivating factor in the decision to contribute has been you, Pat. Knowing that you’re contributing to the writing of the game fills me with such ridiculous levels of fan-glee.

    Thank you for the hours upon hours of entertainment you’ve provided to me in your writing. And I’m looking forward to whatever comes next.

  8. Marcus Cox
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 7:15 AM | Permalink

    I chipped in $28 right away when hearing of your potential involvement. I didn’t know what it was, but if you’re writing on it I wanted it. Glad to hear the stretch goal was reached and I’m enjoying getting the Kickstarter updates. I look forward to playing this game.

  9. BakingViking
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 7:30 AM | Permalink

    I pledged when you wrote your last blog, but I just went back and upped my pledge to get your comic.
    I am so unbelievably excited! I made an account so I could let you know.
    Thank you for the best books I’ve ever read. Take all the time you need for the next one.
    Am I allowed to send you homemade baked goods? That’s my default way to say thank you.

  10. Knightrous
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 7:31 AM | Permalink

    Oh snap. I wasn’t planning on going for the comics, though it looks like I’ll now have to add another $14 to my pledge; whilst I knew one of them would be yours, I wasn’t that bothered, but you’ve now roused my curiosity. Curiosity is a dangerous beast to stir…

    Also, this is the first time, I think, that I’ve ever written “Oh snap.” I usually find it one of those annoying, non-swearing-but-swearing, Americanisms. This time, however, it seemed appropriate as it describes the sound of my resolve unexpectedly breaking.

  11. PapaSmurfer
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 7:38 AM | Permalink

    I’m definitely very excited about this. I haven’t had time to play an games lately, but I know that I can make some time for Torment. Thanks for bringing this game to my (and others’) attention, Pat.

  12. TheCpm
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM | Permalink

    I haven’t played Planescape Torment, (I know I know, I’ll get there), but I kicked in for this one. You were a big selling point for me Pat, ’cause you’re awesome sauceum, but it was also something about the screenshots… they remind me of the days of RIVEN and Oddworld. It’s handcrafted game design, it makes me giddy inside :).

  13. MrJorgen
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM | Permalink

    Pat, I can’t tell you how excited I am to see you working with InXile. They are an incredible company of people who truly love what they do, and I’m know for a fact this game is going to be better with you working with them.

    I never thought I’d see the day when my favorite fantasy author and my favorite gaming company would team up… *sob* this is a special moment for all of us…

  14. Florgknight
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

    Pat. You are the reason I’m poor now. What started with buying torment led to spending 200 dollars on games. It’s okay though I still love you.

  15. Pete Cotton
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

    I missed out (apparently sadly) on Planescape Torment when it was released, but just hearing you talk about it with your guests on the video games episode of Storyboard started getting me excited about Tides of Numenera. When you announced that you were going to write for the game if your stretch goal was reached, that sealed the deal for me. Now I’m hungrily devouring all the information the designers have released so far and setting myself up for a long anticipation until the game is released.

    For anyone that hasn’t pledged yet or doesn’t know much about the game, there is a great page on inXile’s blog that contains some of the concept art, their vision document, and links to a series of videos featuring various members of the design team talking about some of the features and components of the game. That can be found here. I would personally love to see this game break the $4M mark on kickstarter, because not only would that be record-breaking, but it also unlocks some really cool rewards.

  16. chaelek
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM | Permalink

    My favorite author writing for an amazing looking game? The phrase “shut up and take my money” comes to mind..

    • Chandran
      Posted April 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM | Permalink

      That it does… especially when they offer the chance to alpha test. Testing games in early development and being able to watch them evolve is great :)

  17. Cho
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the update I was meaning to kickstart this but never got around to it. I guess 75 feels about right.

    • Jay7
      Posted April 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM | Permalink

      I would consider, as I did, shelling out just 5 more bucks for a free copy of Wasteland 2 from the same studio.

      • Umpqua
        Posted April 4, 2013 at 1:46 PM | Permalink

        You do lose the Numenera Player’s Guide in the process.

      • Cho
        Posted April 4, 2013 at 3:42 PM | Permalink

        Hmm. I’ll have to look at it when I get back home from work. I honestly didnt even look at the the tiers as I was walking out the door for work so I just settled on an amount and went with it.

      • Cho
        Posted April 5, 2013 at 2:21 PM | Permalink

        I kicked in 5 more bucks to get the copy of wasteland.

  18. Jay7
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM | Permalink

    I pledged 25 bucks on the first day to get a cheap copy of what was shaping up to be a neat game.

    Then, I decided I wanted some of the novellas, so I chipped in a few more bucks.

    THEN, I got super excited when Pat, that bearded legend, displayed on the stretch goals! I crossed my fingers for him to make it into the game, and, here we are.

    …but then, last night, I somehow justified the purchase of not only a copy of Wasteland 2, but also beta access and a place in the credits…

    Well, I guess you don’t graduate from your Masters program AND get accepted into your doctoral program in the same year very often, that’s a pretty good graduation/acceptance present to myself, I think!

    • Jay7
      Posted April 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM | Permalink


    • Cho
      Posted April 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM | Permalink

      lol great rationalization with present to yourself idea. I think I may follow suit. BTW Congrats on the masters and good luck with the doctorate.

      • Posted April 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM | Permalink

        Indeed, Congrats on Graduating and getting accepted for your desired doctorate program! How exciting!

        You definitely deserve Torment: Tides of Numenera. LOL.

    • Posted April 6, 2013 at 3:06 PM | Permalink

      Heh. My advice is to play as many games as possible before having to start your doctorate…..

  19. Redamthe5th
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat
    So due to a mixture of my age and the fact that I was overly protected as a child I never had the opportunity to play the original torment along with many other classics. I found a site called that sells classics games already properly set up with dos and everything and bought the original torment. Just within the first hour of gameplay I can see what you are talking about with the depth of writing that went into it.
    Just read today’s blog and immediately went to kickstart to purchase my little future piece of paradise. And while I’m waiting for it to come out I have the original torment to occupy my time.
    Thanks for introducing me to a great series and I look forward to see this unique character you’re working on.

  20. Posted April 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM | Permalink

    Stoked for this! I cannot wait to meet this companion and see the subsequent Comic.

    Also – Thanks for letting us know Nate would be working with you on it, I was already wondering if he’d be doing the artwork or if the game artists would be doing it. I’m glad you guys are sticking together, it just seems so right!


    Anyway, I already chipped in what I could I hope they break the record still!

  21. mbrown3
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM | Permalink

    SO psyched about this. I was already a backer of the game, but after they announced that you’d be a possibility, I doubled my pledge amount to get you on board. Didn’t take long! This is going to be awesome. Now for $4.5m, so we can get a stronghold…it’s like the batcave but for TToN! BATCAVE!

  22. Truman
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM | Permalink

    OK. I’m new to this site. My single question is … when will Book 3 be released? I feel like I’ve waited far too long !!! :)

    • mbrown3
      Posted April 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM | Permalink

      When it’s ready.

    • shadow_sniper
      Posted April 5, 2013 at 4:42 AM | Permalink

      Its like having a rumbling stomach and knowing that there is a loaf of loverly home made break baking.

      You are sitting there, waiting, and you can smell the declicious smell wafting towards you, and your mouth starts to water. You know that it will be warm, thick, crusty and soft.

      After a while you start fantasizing about what will happen to the bread when its done… it may be spread golden with butter, dipped in hot soup, covered with sweet jam, or made into the mother of all sammiches.

      But… alas… for bread takes hours and hours and forever to cook. And you know, that if you take it out of the oven a moment too early, you get a gross goey deflated lump of half cooked eggs and flour and yeast.

      So you go away, and you forget about the bread for a while, use your waiting time to do something completely different, sleep, walk, game, paint, learn to fly, whatever… and when the time comes, and bread has taken as long as it takes, your patience will be paid off in full, your hungry face will blossom into a smile, and then – OMNOMNOM.

      • pacifist
        Posted April 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM | Permalink

        And if you want tips for learning to fly: just throw yourself at the ground, and miss.

  23. blooblyblobl
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM | Permalink

    Will you be able to tell us which companion character you wrote when the game comes out, or is that up to us to figure out? Super excited for Torment, and even more excited due to your involvement!

  24. megazver
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 3:52 AM | Permalink

    Not pledging unless the companion is you, Patrick Rothfuss, somehow flung into the game and being super-confused about it. Your class can be the Beardwielder.

    Also, you’re the romance option. Because why not.

  25. Smokefishlounge
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 7:31 AM | Permalink

    Pat, my girlfriend is soon to be most unpleased with you and Torment. Due to your incessant nagging and plugging I am now part of the alpha and beta testing of this game…oh well #@$% it. Let’s have some fun.

  26. fb
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 8:34 AM | Permalink

    Cheeky but I’m hoping there might be some fan overlap…

    Breaking all kinds of records over at this one for a great team of writers/producers/actors who have been waiting a while to make this dream a realisation! Go Veronica Mars!!

    • andee404
      Posted April 5, 2013 at 8:06 PM | Permalink

      Oh there’s overlap :)

      • fb
        Posted April 8, 2013 at 2:08 AM | Permalink

        Well that makes me happy! :D

  27. Anders
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM | Permalink

    I chipped in 25$ today, after realising how awesome this whole thing is. A thank you to you Pat for opening my eyes.

    I love RPG’s made from the heart :)

  28. pacifist
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 9:23 AM | Permalink

    is there any way of telling whether or not your pledge worked?

    I chipped in 45 a week or so ago, and, other than my money having disappeared from my bank account, I’d like to get some sort of message saying “we thank you for your contribution, dear sir!”

    Right now I’m wondering if I should just send them some more money, to be sure

    • Smokefishlounge
      Posted April 5, 2013 at 10:28 AM | Permalink

      According to their website it takes around a week for them to link your donation to your account. Also check to makesure that your paypal account email is the same or “added” to your community profile.

      ” Please note that we process PayPal donations on a weekly basis and will update our database in batches. Kickstarter donations will be processed a few weeks after the project ends.

      Be sure to link your PayPal and Kickstarter emails to this account. Otherwise, if your email addresses are different, we will have no way to link your donations to this account.”

    • Posted April 5, 2013 at 11:47 AM | Permalink

      I didn’t use my paypal, it went through Amazon Marketplace, but I got an email right away saying, “Thanks for Contributing” and what not.

      Plus, I’ve recieved game updates since.

      Maybe check your spam.

  29. redwulf
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 9:48 AM | Permalink

    If it allows one to write a better Book Three, then it is of the Lethani to spend time writing for a game.

  30. chrispin
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the recommendation, Pat! I looked up the old Torment game, and it’s great. I love being able to talk to the enemies instead of just killing them. I’m still a fan of the old text adventures and play the submissions every year, so it’s great to get recommendations of other games that use your mind instead of just your thumbs. I signed up to be an alpha tester for the new one and am really enjoying their updates and videos. Can’t wait for the ending party later today. $4m is in sight.

  31. Redwulf
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 12:47 PM | Permalink

    /whistle – 6 hours left, and less than 50k to go… this is happening.

  32. Umpqua
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 1:05 PM | Permalink has a great deal this weekend, 21.90 for 10 D&D games, including Planescape:Torment, Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2, Icewind Dale 1 & 2, and Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2.

  33. Abba Zaba
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    I am so pumped for this game, I donated a long while ago when I read about Brian Fargo getting a number of the old Interplay studio members back together at InXile as P:T, Fallout 1 and 2 were some of my favorite games ever. If you havent played Fallout 1 and 2 do yourself a favor and pick those up as they are also available at, more awesome storytelling.

    Anywho, when I heard that your involvement would be a stretch goal I immediately lost my shit and upped my pledge. I am a big fan of your books. The writing team for this project is turning out to be more robust than I could have hoped for. Yes.

    You know I always wanted to get with that hot succubus Fall-From-Grace in the game but Annah always took exception to my advances towards her. Musings over. I cant wait to see the companion character you are planning to write, especially if shes so strange even video game designers say, wtf Pat?!?

  34. Prufrock
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 1:45 PM | Permalink

    Pat, this is all cool. And imma let you finish. But totally off topic:

    This may be something you want to see. Money quote:

    To understand Jay Silver, it helps to go back 10 years, to a night he spent flying kites on a beach in his native Florida with the woman who would become his wife.
    She asked him whether he knew how to listen to the wind. Being an engineer, he responded that wind produces only white noise, and white noise contains no information.
    But he loved her, so he opened his mind and gave it a try.
    “And I felt a deep joy,”
    Silver said during a recent talk at the PopTech conference here. “And then I stopped pursuing information and efficiency, and I changed my life’s course a little and started to practice rituals of joy.”

    So now we know how it ends. Kvothe starts controlling computers with bananas. Tricky.

  35. Cho
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 2:16 PM | Permalink

    3,990,628. Quick someone kick in 10k!

  36. Posted April 5, 2013 at 2:56 PM | Permalink

    So, I watched the episode of Storyboard in which Torment was discuss. I then read your blog posts about the game. This is over the course of the last couple of months. And, damn it, your sales pitch was too strong. I’m now short $39 out of my bank account and I’m still not sure exactly what it is I’m gonna be getting. All I know is that by the power of your words and grammar I have been convinced to invest in the project. I wish you the best and I look forward to seeing the end result.

  37. JeremyM
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM | Permalink

    So glad you posted this up. I meant to go back it after you posted about this the first time but completely forgot. Now I have my game reserved and added on the other $14.00 to get the comics added on to it. I’m super excited to get my hands on this. I think John Scalzi has a video game coming out this year for the ipad that he wrote so this is a great year for author/game collaborations.

  38. Pwnjones
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 3:34 PM | Permalink

    Your post about Jerry Holkin’s comment regarding our responsibility to change gaming ourselves struck a chord with me, and therefore I have put my kick in to start this thang. This is the furthest in advance I have ever pre-ordered anything. I almost feel like I won’t live long enough to see it done! Like a birthday cake ordered too far in advance. and your heart says “We’ll see about that, Mr. ‘I’m-going-to-live-past-40’…”

    Anyway, have fun making it!

  39. Alphonse
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 4:46 PM | Permalink

    Your enthusiasm for this makes even a guy who never ever plays video games like me, want to maybe be part of the adventure. Well probably not, but I certainly don’t mind reading about it.
    The fact that you are not speaking of it in some strange jargon that my brothers and friends inevitably fall into, when referring to this stuff certainly helps.
    Anyway, good luck with this.

  40. Nthouse
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM | Permalink

    end count for Torment: Tides of Numenera KS: >$4.31 million funded!

    can’t wait to see/play/roll around with your contribution, sir.

    • Nthouse
      Posted April 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM | Permalink

      that’s including the last known paypal update, just to be more specific.

  41. andee404
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 8:01 PM | Permalink

    When I heard about the kickstarter, I decided to go back and replay through Planescape : Torment before deciding whether or not to contribute. It was one of my favorite games growing up, but I honestly didn’t remember most of it. After finishing it, I couldn’t wait to donate, and the fact that one of my favorite authors is not only a fan, but will actually be doing some writing for the game, is an amazingly awesome plus. Thanks for pointing the kickstarter out to me Pat! I miss this style of gaming…

  42. Umpqua
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM | Permalink

    Kickstarter is done, but the Paypal Store is still going.

    Torment inXile Store

  43. Corey
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 11:42 AM | Permalink

    Knowing what an amazing game the first Torment was, I could not ignore the excitement surrounding your involvement in the new game. I must confess, I was not previously aware of your work, but your involvement not only helped the kickstarter campaign, it brought you at least one new reader and fan.

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